The long-rumored Down reunion is in effect for 2020! The first date of a presumed world tour celebrating the Stoner-Doom supergroup’s legendary debut album NOLA releasing twenty-five years ago next year will begin at Graspop Metal Meeting. The band features current and former members of southern metal greats Pantera, EyeHateGod, COC, Crowbar, Honky and more. The fest takes place June 18-20 in Belgium and added seventy new bands to the bill today, including Down. The announcement comes less than a month after singer Philip Anselmo revealed that the band was in talks to reunite in 2020 for some shows in celebration of the 25th anniversary. No word if former members like co-founder Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Kingdomm of Sorrow, Rex Brown (Pantera), or the recently retired again Todd Strange will participate.
“We do have the 20th [sic] anniversary of ‘NOLA’ coming up, and I know that we have been offered some shows,” Anselmo told Metal Nexus the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky. “And that’s all I know. Pepper’s [Keenan] still on tour [with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY]. CROWBAR’s always on tour. And EYEHATEGOD, they’re on tour for a long time. So, people ask me about it all the time.”
Anselmo’s response appeared to once again suggest that DOWN’s lineup for a hypothetical “NOLA” 25th-anniversary tour would feature guitarist Kirk Windstein. A founding member of DOWN, Windstein left the band in 2013 in order to focus on CROWBAR and his family life. He was replaced by Bobby Landgraf, DOWN’s former guitar tech who was previously in GAHDZILLA MOTOR COMPANY, a 1990s outfit also featuring Jason McMaster (DANGEROUS TOYS, WATCHTOWER), and HONKY.
DOWN was forced to cancel a number of shows in 2016 after Anselmo was filmed giving a Nazi salute and shouting “white power” at a California concert.